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Alabama Department of Public Health
Program Name: Gamechanger Project & The HUB
The Gamechanger Project is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded collaboration initiative. The collaborative partners for this project are Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Jefferson County Health Department, UAB Family Clinic, UAB 1917 Clinic, AIDS Alabama, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and Alethia House. The Gamechanger project seeks to provide men’s health information, including HIV prevention education, testing, referral to care for those who test positive and interventions for HIV positive and high risk HIV negative young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. While the project will focus on recruiting MSM of color, ADPH will work with its collaborative partners to design models of HIV prevention, care, and social services that are accessible and available to persons regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status. In addition, the project’s activities will be designed to promote measureable improvements in HIV prevention and care among the various underserved subpopulations of MSM of color, including (but not limited to) individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency.
For more information on the Gamechanger Project, contact Tony Christon-Walker Project Coordinator, at 205-703-4199
The HUB is a welcoming, comfortable space for young gay, bisexual, and trans-men of color who are 13-29 years old located at 2217 6th Avenue South in Birmingham. The HUB offers several services including CLEAR counseling, HIV testing, Hepatitis-C screening, group sessions, and referral services. For more information about the HUB’s services or upcoming events check their Facebook page, their website, or contact Tony Christon-Walker Project Coordinator, at 205-703-4199.
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Baltimore City Health Department
Status Update provides up-to-date information on HIV, STDs, and other health issues focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) community and their friends in Baltimore. African American gay, bisexual and transgender youth are disproportionately affected by HIV and other STDs. Addressing stigma, health disparities, socioeconomic issues and disenfranchisement from family and society are key to promoting positive health outcomes in our community.
Washington, DC Department of Health
The Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Health (DOH) HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) is soliciting proposals from organizations in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia to participate in the IMPACT DMV program. IMPACT DMV is a regional public, private, and health department collaborative demonstration project to develop through a health department–led, culturally sensitive and competent community collaboration a comprehensive model of service delivery.
This model is designed to provide a holistic health and wellness system that strengthens and supports Men who have Sex with Men of color and Transgender persons of color in healthy decision making, ensuring equitable access to screening, care and treatment, behavioral health, economic opportunity, peer supports, and other supportive services
Louisiana Department of Health
The Sexually Transmitted Disease/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (STD/HIV) Program, called SHP, was awarded funds through two competitive grant applications to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (known as PS15-1506 and PS15-1509 nationally or the Expanded Continuum of Care Collaborative or EC3 locally) to expand comprehensive STD/HIV screenings, to increase knowledge and utilization of highly effective biomedical HIV prevention methods such as preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) among communities most at risk for HIV infection, and to increase engagement in regular HIV care and viral suppression among those living with HIV. The EC3 project also seeks to increase the capacity of staff and the program to address HIV related racial disparities in the aforementioned key outcomes.
The project began in October 2015 and significant progress has been achieved to date including over 2,000 high-risk individuals receiving comprehensive STD and HIV screenings, over three million
exposures to educational materials related to PrEP and PEP, approximately 300 medical providers being educated on PrEP and PEP, and 80 high-risk people being linked to PrEP Providers and receiving PrEP prescriptions. Additionally, the entire SHP staff and the staff of community-based organizations and HIV care clinics contracted to provide services for these projects were extensively trained on understanding and addressing institutional racism, homophobia and transphobia as those structural factors present significant barriers to effective STD/HIV prevention, care and treatment.
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Bronx Knows is a large-scale public health initiative to increase voluntary HIV testing so that every Bronx resident between the ages of 13 to 64 learns his or her HIV status and has access to quality care and prevention. The Bronx Knows is New York City’s first borough-wide HIV testing initiative and one of the largest HIV testing efforts in the country.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (the Health Department) partnered with community agencies to launch The Bronx Knows on National HIV Testing Day, 2008. The Bronx Knows initially set out to test the estimated 250,000 Bronx residents who had never been tested for HIV. Since the Health Department and its 78 Bronx community partners (representing more than 140 testing sites) began this collaborative effort, key targets for increasing testing have been surpassed.
The Bronx Knows partners have offered and conducted 607,570 HIV tests and have identified over 4,800 confirmed HIV positive tests to date. Of those, at least 1,700 individuals were reported to be newly diagnosed and more than three-quarters have been linked to care. Hospitals, community health centers, community-based organizations, faith-based groups and educational institutions worked together to make the Initiative a success.
City of Philadelphia Public Health Department
CLUB 1509 is a new program to help men & trans-persons of color access PrEP, education support, employment opportunities and housing resources.
HIV prevention is more than just condoms, PrEP, and testing. That’s why CLUB 1509 can help you with all aspects of your life–everything from jobs, to school, to housing, to scheduling and assisting you with medical appointments.
Virginia Department of Health
This project facilitates navigation of high-risk communities in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk-Newport News areas to an array of medical and social services, including PrEP.